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review 2015-11-23 00:00
All Man
All Man - Jay Northcote

We already know Julian from Top Me Maybe?, and I was happy to read his own story.

And what could be wrong with a hot Twink meeting his total opposite and fall in love? Not much, in the grand scheme of things. And I enjoyed that part of the story. It was funny, it was sweet, it was hot.

But.

And I realize I should have gone with my gut feeling, and read the blurb more carefully. But the whole sexual assault plot was so not my thing. Because honestly, I'm tired of reading about rape/assault as a mere plot device that has nothing to do with core of the story. I'm not a fan of the" young reckless twink getting saved by the manly man"-trope. A character can grow and two people can get closer without this particular kind of drama. It's the same with "near death" situation outside of crime/mystery books for me.

I'm not saying authors shouldn't write about rape. All I'm trying to say is: If you want to write about that topic, make it the main theme of your book, handle it with care and sensibility, and let the reader know beforehand what he/she is getting into by picking this book up. But don't use it as a dramatic device to make your characters grow, change or get closer. And for the love of the deity you believe in, don't gloss over the effects an attack like that has on a person! There is no magic dick or magic big arms to cure you of the aftermath of sexual assault!

That's all.

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review 2015-10-27 00:00
"A Lisbeth Salander novel" - as if! And "continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series"? My ass.
The Girl in the Spider's Web: A Lisbeth Salander novel, continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series - David Lagercrantz

I'm sorry, but this went on my "hell no!" shelf faster than you could say 'Mike'. Because honestly? It doesn't even matter to me of it is a good thriller per se, or not.

This book is everything Stieg Larsson's life partner has been fighting against ever since he left this world way before his time. Stieg Larsson was a brilliant writer and was, as far as I'm concerned, one of the most authentic and GOOD men this world and profession has seen in a long time.

What made his works so terrific was his extraordinary eye for detail, his talent to draw you in with even the most mundane descriptions of people's actions or thoughts. And he kept you absolutely hooked with his carefully drawn, wonderfully complex and unconventional (anti-)heroes.

Now, under normal circumstances, it is almost impossible to reach the standards he set for his series and genre. And even though I was saddened beyond belief that the other 7 books of his Millenium Saga weren't finished before his untimely death, I also believe in the right of every author to decide what to publish or not. Fact of the matter is, Larsson didn't publish more books in the series because they weren't done. Because he didn't want to! And his partner is still fighting for his scripts and drafts to remain unpublished and not being used by somebody else.

So this book right here? Has NOTHING to do with Stieg Larsson. Absolutely nothing. I find it insulting and more than a little disrespectful to use his name for something that 1. is not even really inspired by his own vision for the series - because his scripts are still being guarded by his life partner and 2. is a result of somebody along the line thinking: "What the hell? So he's dead. Let's just do it ourselves, it can't be that hard." Because f* you very much. It is THAT hard. Least of all because it's not your freaking story to continue!

So I'm not going to touch this one. Like I said, maybe it's not even a bad book. But I absolutely don't care. Right here, the wishes and ideas of an author are hurt post mortem, with no regard to his personal ideals, visions or feelings while he was still alive.

IMHO, there are few ways to completely disrespect one of the most authentic and brilliant writers of our time and his legacy more than this thing does. It's shameful, wrong and I hate it. 

 

That's all. 

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review 2014-08-30 04:06
Conversion
Conversion - Katherine Howe

Title: Conversion

Author: Katherine Howe

Format: Hardback, 406 pages

Time to Read: 14 days....

 

 

Goodread's Bio: It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.
 
First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.
 
Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . .

 

 

My Review: I didn't really even finish this book, there was 40 pages left and i just gave up. i never really got into it, but i was determined to get a good way though it, which proved to be pointless. nothing happened! it dragged on the whole time it seemed. i liked the story from 1706, it was more interesting then the 2012 part. this is the worst rating i've given out since i started this blog and it saddens me but it had to be done.

 

 

Recommend it?: For the first time... nope. i shall not tell others to drag though this, unless they really like non climactic books about silly high school girls

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